Knifty Knitter Straw Loom Instructions
The Knifty Knitter Straw Weaver Loom
The Knifty Knitter straw weaver made by Provo Craft is not so much a knitting loom, as it is a weaving tool. If you've seen them, but you aren't quite sure how they work, this page is for you. Below are instructions for using the weaving tool, project ideas and information on where you can buy them.
The straw weaver tool comes with a metal hook, a yarn needle, and a clamp. It works best with medium to bulky weight yarns. It is very useful for making woven belts and you'll find the free pattern to weave a belt below.
Woven Bookmark Photos - Make a Simple Bookmark on the Knifty Knitter Straw WeaverClick thumbnail to view full-size
How to Weave a Belt - Using the Knifty Knitter Straw Loom (Basic Instructions for Any Project)
You can make a beautiful woven belt with the straw loom.
You will need:
* Knifty Knitter Straw Weaver
* Bulky Yarn
* Worsted Weight Yarn
- Cut a strand of bulky weight yarn twice the length of the finished belt. If you want your belt to measure 27 inches, cut the bulky yarn at 54 inches.
- Open the clamp the release the straws from the weaving tool. Remove the bead from the end on one straw. Thread the bulky yarn through this bead and leave the bead in the center of the yarn.
- Feed the metal hook that came with the straw weaver through the straw.
- Fold the bulky yarn in half and use the end of the metal hook to grasp the 2 cut ends of the yarn. Pull them through the straw until the bead is back in place.
- Repeat the steps above for each straw on the weaving tool that you will be using. The number of straws used determines the height of the finished belt.
- Place the straws back on the weaving clamp and close it with the clip.
- Weave the worsted weight yarn in and out of the straws. If you use an even number of straws, looping the last straw once will ensure the weave alternates. For example, if you've gone over the second to the last straw, loop around the last straw once and this time you will be going under the second straw. This ensures the weave alternates in an over and under pattern on each pass.
- After you've done a few inches of weaving, you may release the clamp and weave without it.
- When the straws are covered with woven yarn, you can pull each straw up until about 3/4 of the straw is uncovered. Continue weaving until your belt is the desired length.
- To finish the belt, pull the straws up until the weave is off the straws and rests only on the bulky weight yarn.
- Pull the beads out of the ends of the straws and cut the bulky yarn.
- Cut the worsted weight yarn, leaving a 6 inch tail. Thread it onto the yarn needle and use the needle to weave it through the woven belt. Repeat this step with the starting end of the worsted weight yarn.
- Tie the bulky weight yarns to each other in the following pattern: (Each straw has 2 yarns.) Tie yarn 2 to 3, 4 to 5, and 6 to 7. Yarn 1 and 8 will not be secured to another yarn.
- If you wish you may embellish the belt with beads or buttons.
The Straw Weaver Loom from Amazon.com
If you are interested in purchasing a straw weaver, you may buy them online at Amazon.
This loom is sold by itself and comes with the hook shown.
Weaving on Straws - Straw Weaver Video on YouTube
Here's a demonstration of how to use the straw weaver loom by Knifty Knitter. In the video a simple bookmark is made. The same technique can be used to create belts, straps and anything else you wish to weave.